PSAT October 10: The psychological impact is highly underratedBy Daryl CapuanoSAT ACT Test Prep
For most high school juniors in Connecticut, the PSAT is October 10.
Since summer just ended, October may seem far away. But you might look at your now September calendar and realize that it is right around the corner. The P in PSAT relates to Practice and, for many parents, this word lowers the necessity to prep. Having trained students to excel in test-taking for the last 15 years, I can say with certainty that the psychological component related to standardized testing is highly underrated.
And, there is some counter-intuitive insights that I can report. One might think that those who do poorly on the PSAT will have a fire lit under them and they then will vigorously prepare. NOT TRUE! My observation is that those who don’t do well on the PSAT get scared about the test. They then avoid the test as much as possible. Those that do well on the PSAT – if they are not complacent – become eager to do more because they like doing something where they excel.